|First Dash Bayou Tops the Field
in the $49,200 Sam Houston Maiden Classic at SHRP
August 6, 2005) - Last night’s card featured the finals
of the $49,200 Sam Houston Maiden Classic with eight of the fastest
qualifiers from trials run on July 23. The field was reduced from
ten to eight due to the late scratches of Penny Otoole and First
It was a great night for trainer Bobby Martinez and owners Tommy
Hays and Joe Gutierrez, Jr. as First Dash Bayou improved upon his
performance in trials and captured the first stakes of his career.
Alfonso Lujan rode the son of First Down Dash and crossed the wire
of the 350-yard sprint in :17.70. It was his career best performance,
surpassing his time of :17.96 in trials as well as fastest qualifier,
Cash Cartel, who topped all the qualifiers with a time of :17.81.
“He ran a pretty good race,” said Martinez. “He
has a good owner and veterinarian in the paddock (Dr. Hays).”
Masters Okey stood patiently in the gate and had to overcome a
bump at the start, rallying well to finish second.
“He ran a super race,” said James Brooks, who was
aboard the three-year-old. “The outside horse (First Dash
Bayou) hit me real hard at the first jump and knocked him off stride
and probably cost him the race.”
Brooks qualified Masters Okey for the Sam Houston Maiden Classic
and commented that the horse improves with each race. Trainer Monty
Brooks agrees with Brooks and also has hopes to enter his gelding
in the Dash For Cash Derby.
“He (Masters Okey) hurt his shoulder when he was a baby
and he goes a little funny,” laughed Monty Brooks. “But
he does seem to be getting better with each race.”
Miss Jelly Fish, who was ridden by Jarrod Deschamp for trainer
Heath Taylor, was sent off at 18-1 odds and finished third. Post
time favorite and fastest qualifier Cash Cartel came in fourth.
Jose Vega was once again at the controls for trainer Dave Correll.
First Dash Bayou, sent off at 9-1, paid $19.40 to win. The 5-4
exacta returned $130.80 and the 5-4-1 trifecta paid $1,266.80. Completing
the order of finish were Winning Charisma, My Dashing Is Easy, Wishin
Three Ohs and Shake America.
First Dash Bayou, who broke his maiden in the trials, is being
pointed to the Dash for Cash Derby at Lone Star Park.
“That is our plan, but we’ll have to see how he pulls
up and we’ll go from there,” commented co-owner Hays.
Live racing continues on Friday, August 12 with the finals of
the $48,240 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby and will be followed by
the $111,520 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity on Saturday night. The
2005 American Quarter Horse meeting will conclude on Sunday, September